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Field Visit

Date 24 April 2002

Event ID 613826

Category Recording

Type Field Visit

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/613826

Standing figure of Viscount Melville in robes of a peer, his left hand across his chest, and looking towards the west, on top of a fluted column (modelled on the column erected in Rome to the Emperor Trajan). The column stands on a massive square base decorated with four eagles, one in each corner.

Inscriptions : On plaque set into stone inside west entrance to garden:

THE MELVILLE / MONUMENT / ERECTED IN 1823 IN MEMORY / OF HENRY DUNDAS (1742-1811) / FIRST VISCOUNT MELVILLE AND / A DOMINANT FIGURE IN POLITICS / FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. BESIDES / BEING TREASURER FOR THE NAVY HE / WAS LORD ADVOCATE & KEEPER OF THE / SCOTTISH SIGNET. THE SUBSCRIPTION / FOR THE MONUMENT WAS RAISED BY / MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL NAVY. / IT WAS DESIGNED BY WILLIAM BURN / AND THE STATUE IS BY CHANTREY.

Signatures : None visible

Design period : 1817-1823 (column) / 1822-1827 (statue)

Year of unveiling : 1827 (statue)

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN1368)

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